Action Bus improvements urged

We are writing to you today regarding the City of Red Deer’s Action Bus services. We are advocating on behalf of persons with disabilities here in Red Deer.

We are writing to you today regarding the City of Red Deer’s Action Bus services. We are advocating on behalf of persons with disabilities here in Red Deer. We think there is room for improvement with the Action Bus service.

We invite you to a question and answer information session at The Hub on Ross (4936 Ross St.) on Tuesday at 5:30pm. We, The Freebirds will be your hosts where we will welcome our special guest Brent LaBrosse, transit operations supervisor.

Some of the issues we have concerns with are:

— Evening and weekend availability — very limited

— Booking system

The reason that the Action Bus is so very important to us is that it enhances our quality of life, enabling us to go to social engagements, shows, concerts, sporting events, etc.

Most of these opportunities exist in the evenings and on weekends when the Action Bus is most limited.

We understand and respect that medical trips are No. 1 priority.

We also realize that this past winter was very hard on everyone. Our hope is that officials, business and homeowners will be able to learn from this winter and plan to make it easier for people who use wheelchairs and the Action Bus to get around.

We know that around the corner, there will be a need for more persons to access the Action Bus services. We need to be proactive and plan using our voices to “drive” the service. We hope to see you on Tuesday.

Jim Hutcheson

On behalf of the Freebirds

Red Deer

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